fiber

Since the early 1800's, Washington County has been a welcoming home for wool and other fiber production.

The 25th annual Washington County Fiber Tour will take place on April 29th and 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the tour, you can learn about a cottage industry that has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years as people re-invest in their local community.  This self-guided tour of eleven farms and a fiber mill is free and open to the public.

Here to tell us more are: Mary Jean Packer, owner of Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill; Norma Johnson of Crazy Legs Farm; and Sister Mary Elizabeth of St. Mary's on-the-Hill Cashmere.  

  Most people don't give a second thought to the stuff on their head, but hair has played a crucial role in in fashion, the arts, sports, commerce, forensics, and industry.

In Hair, Kurt Stenn - one of the world's foremost hair follicle experts - takes a global journey through history, from fur merchant associations and sheep farms to medical clinics and patient support groups, to show the remarkable impact hair has had on human life.

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The City of Glens Falls has given a green light to a company that will expand a fiber optic network to bring broadband internet to more subscribers. But other rural communities are taking a different direction.

This week the Glens Falls Common Council voted in favor of a measure that paves the way for company First Light Fiber to wrap fiber-optic high-speed internet cable on existing utility lines.

The Washington County Fiber Tour is celebrating its 20th year this weekend. You can visit alpacas, rabbiits, goats, sheep and lambs, llamas, and more - on several farms in beautiful Washington County. We are joined by Sylvia Graham (Fiber Kingdom in Salem, a breeder of angora rabbits and small business owner), Judy Leon (alpaca farmer and fiber artist - her farm is called Alpacas of Haven Hill) and Karin Kennedy (a sheep farmer from Easton).